Substance Awareness Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP)

Drinking and driving behaviors have a serious impact on the citizens of Missouri. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes resulting in serious financial impacts on our communities. The Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health certifies programs to provide services to individuals who have had an alcohol or drug related traffic offense. The Substance Awareness Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP) serves more than 30,000 DWI offenders annually who are referred as a result of an administrative suspension or revocation of their driver’s licenses, court order, condition of probation, or plea bargain. When a person’s driver license is suspended or revoked due to an alcohol related offense, SATOP is, by law, a required element in driver’s license reinstatement by the Department of Revenue. All SATOP offenders enter the system via an Offender Management Unit. Offenders receive a screening assessment where a review of their driving record, breath alcohol content at the time of their arrest, computer-interpreted assessment and an interview with a qualified substance abuse professional is conducted. Based upon the information gathered during the screening an appropriate referral is made to one of several types of SATOP programs.